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How to Watch NBA Playoffs on Apple TV without Cable

By April 19, 2017 No Comments

Watch NBA Playoffs on Apple TV

The 2017 NBA Playoffs are here at last! Fans are excitedly tuning in to watch their favorite teams (hopefully) dominate the court, leading to a postseason victory. Regardless of who you’re rooting for, the way you watch live basketball might be changing. It’s 2017, and more and more people are using alternatives to cable TV. Many will be tuning into the Playoffs on their favorite streaming devices. If you’re an Apple guy or gal, you may be wondering how you can watch NBA Playoffs on Apple TV.

If so, you’re not alone. We’ve received several inquiries from readers wondering how to watch NBA Playoffs games on Apple TV, so we’ve put together this handy guide to help. If you’re looking for an NBA Playoffs live stream on Apple TV, use one of the methods listed below.


Watch NBA Playoffs on Apple TV with DIRECTV NOW


DIRECTV NOW is a live streaming service that acts as a total replacement for cable TV. It works over the internet, and can be used on most devices, including Apple TV. If you’re looking to watch the NBA Playoffs on Apple TV, DIRECTV NOW is a great choice. Here’s the rundown:

  • DIRECTV NOW includes 60+ channels for $35 a month
  • No contract or commitment required
  • ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and TNT are all included
  • ABC streaming is available in some areas – and all ABC games can be viewed via the WatchESPN App (which DIRECTV NOW gives you access to)
  • Even NBA TV is included in some packages!
  • Combined, these channels give you the Apple TV NBA Playoffs stream for every game!
  • Other channels include AMC, TNT, CNN, FOX News and much more
  • For full details, check out our DIRECTV NOW review.

For new customers, getting started is super easy – and actually, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial!


Get the NBA Playoffs Live Stream on Apple TV via Sling TV

Sling TV provides another great method to stream NBA Playoffs games on Apple TV. Like DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV is a complete cable replacement service, aiming to give you access to your favorite channels without the expense of cable TV. It offers a 7-day free trial as well.

The base package of Sling TV (Sling Orange) is just $20 per month for 30+ channels. This package includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 (which also airs ABC-hosted games) and TNT. You can also add the Sports Extra package for an additional $5 per month to get NBA TV. Combined, these channels cover nearly every game of the 2017 Playoffs.

Sling TV presents a great value, and you can learn more about it in our Sling TV review.

Right now, new subscribers can get started for free with a 7-day free trial to Sling TV!


Stream NBA Playoffs on Apple TV via PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is another quality cable-alternative that can be useful for NBA Playoffs streaming on Apple TV. Like the services we’ve already discussed, Vue has various channel packages that you can watch over the internet, without cable.

The basic package, offered at $30 per month, includes over 45 channels. ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and ESPN3/ABC (via the WatchESPN app) are all included. No contract is required, and you can use Vue to watch the Playoffs game on Apple TV or any number of other devices. See our PlayStation Vue review to learn more.

There’s also a free 5-day trial of Vue to test things out, while being able to watch NBA Playoffs on Apple TV!


What Channel is the NBA Playoffs Game On?

All the services listed above let you watch the NBA Playoffs on Apple TV – however, you’ll still have to tune in to the right channel! NBA Playoffs games will air on a combination of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, TNT, ABC and NBA TV. See the NBA Playoffs schedule for details.


For more information, we recommend checking out our official NBA Playoffs streaming guide. And now that you know how to watch NBA Playoffs on Apple TV, you may also be interested in our guide on how to watch live TV on Apple TV – and our comparison of the best Apple TV apps of 2017.

Austin Meadows

Author Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is a cord-cutting reporter living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific North West. Disclosure: Streaming Observer is supported by readers. Articles may contain referral links. For more information, see the disclosure at the bottom of the page.

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